The Rotary Club of Parksville AM looking at old club photos during their 25th anniversary celebration on Oct. 30 - Cloe Logan photo

Rotary Club celebrates 25 years in Parksville

Evening spent looking back on impressive accomplishments

With 25 years of service under its belt, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM gathered at the Beach Club this week to reminisce and celebrate their achievements.

The club’s six areas of focus were outlined: promoting peace; fighting disease; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education and growing local economies.

The evening started off with socializing before presentations were made. A full room listened intently to presenters, who stood in front of rotary club flags. Speakers went over past projects — both local and international.

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They highlighted Polio Plus, a project aiming to eradicate Polio by providing vaccinations to those in need, as well as local endeavor Coats for Kids.

Rotarian Bill Rawlins, who emceed the event, ended the night by congratulating the club as a whole, and emphasizing what the club, relatively small in size, does for the community.

“Over the past couple of hours we have taken a nostalgic trip through the past two and half decades of our club’s efforts,” he said. “In spite of our somewhat geriatric demographic, we are full of vigor, vitality and vibrancy.”

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A handful of original members of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM. Back row (left to right): Kay Burgoyne, Ron Dyck, Gordon Svenson and Hugh Sinnott. Front row (left to right): Anne Duggan, Bill LeSage and Bashir El-Khalafawi.

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